The Italian parliament’s proposed bill to grant three-day paid leave a month to women who experience painful periods is good for women. As anywhere from 60 to 90% of women suffer from dysmenorrhea, which is severe menstrual cramps and other painful symptoms in the days before, during and after a period, having paid leave means they will no longer have to suffer quietly while at work, writes Crystal Lewis in Romper. This law will lead to higher workforce productivity, she adds, as instances where female workers are unproductive due to severe menstrual pain will diminish.
Italy’s proposal for three-day paid menstrual leave a month will end up hurting women. The bill is the opposite of progressive and upends the work that various organizations have spent decades doing around the world, trying to normalize menstruation and to educate others about it, writes Tre Goins-Phillips in The Blaze. Goins-Phillips adds that such a law will only enforce sexist and damaging stereotypes that women can’t control their ability to combat pain or hormonal changes during their periods. The bill will also justify or encourage businesses to hire fewer women.